Suburban Sweets: Figs & Amaretti


My family can’t get enough of fresh figs during this time of year.  Their soft, sweet-and-sticky goodness make them a worthy after-dinner treat on their own; but to give your figs (or your dinner guests) the royal treatment, try combining them with amaretti cookies.  Amaretti are Italian cookies made with crushed almonds and have a pronounced sweet/almond taste.  These two Italian staples – figs and amaretti – make for a perfect union and a memorable dessert.  With just four ingredients in total, these little treasures take less than 10 minutes to assemble and they taste just as special as they sound.  Enjoy!

PS – There’s no need to make your own amaretti for this recipe – fine imported varieties, like the brand shown in this post, can be found in Italian delis and grocery stores.

Suburban Sweets: Figs & Amaretti

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 figs

Suburban Sweets: Figs & Amaretti


  • 12 fresh figs
  • 5 amaretti cookies
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Place cookies in a ziplock bag and pound until the cookies are crushed.
  3. Rinse figs and pat dry. Cut off the stems, and then cut each fig in a cross pattern from the top, taking care not to cut all the way through to the bottom.
  4. Set figs upright in a small baking dish which fits them snugly.
  5. Sprinkle crushed cookies into the open figs (an espresso spoon makes handy work of this.)
  6. Melt butter and honey in a small saucepan and drizzle over the figs.
  7. Bake figs for 15 minutes. Serve warm.



About Author

Suburban Sweets columnist Josephine D’Ippolito is a baking enthusiast whose passion began more than twenty years ago, when, on a whim, she and her college friend made a single batch of cookies from scratch. One husband, three children and thousands of cookies later, Josephine enjoys the creative and culinary process of baking more than ever. Older, wiser and slightly more health conscious, she tends to justify her habit by making her desserts on the tiny side. Quite possibly her favorite day of the year is her annual cookie exchange held each December, when she gets to revel in the talent and sweetness of her dearest family and friends.

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